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Toward Normalizing U.S.-Korea Relations: In Due Course?

Edward A. Olsen
Toward Normalizing U.S.-Korea Relations: In Due Course?
ISBN: 978-1-58826-109-0
2002/148 pages/LC: 2002021374

"Anyone who worries about Korea's future will benefit from reading Olsen's description of a new U.S. policy to normalize relations with both Koreas."—James I. Matray, Korean Studies


Considering the future of U.S.-Korea relations, Edward Olsen first provides a rich assessment of the political, economic, and strategic factors that have shaped—and flawed—U.S. policy toward the Korean peninsula since WWII.

Olsen suggests that the prospect of permanent separation has become integral to U.S. policy toward both Korean states. Offering counterintuitive recommendations for reinvigorating the "in due course" paradigm, his analysis is firmly grounded in the current debate about the course of U.S. foreign policy in general, and in particular, its role in the East Asian context.


Edward A. Olsen is professor of national security affairs and Asian studies at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is author of numerous publications, including U.S. National Defense for the 21st Century.


  • In Due Course: A Vague Paradigm.
  • Tracing U.S.-Korean Abnormality.
  • Reinvigorating "Due Course" in the Post-Cold War Era.
  • Asia's Role in Shaping Korea's "Due Course."
  • Implementing a New U.S. Policy.
  • Conclusion: How? When?